When Breast Imaging of Oklahoma opens in February, it will have
the first dedicated breast MRI unit in the state, the eighth in the
The women's health facility will be the first major tenant in the
Kelley Pointe Technology Park in Edmond. The opening is scheduled on
Feb. 10, said Debra Mitchell, who is opening her radiology practice
with two other breast-imaging physicians.
Kelley Pointe Technology Park is a 240-acre master planned
business park at 33rd Street and Kelley Avenue in Edmond. Breast
Imaging occupies the first two-story building located in Kelley
Pointe Plaza, leasing about 10,000 square feet.
Mitchell, Kelly N. McDonough and Carol Sheldon will also offer
digital mammography with computer-aided detection, bone
densitometry, ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy, high-risk
screening and genetic counseling.
The three female physicians were at the University of Oklahoma
"We are committed to having the most technologically advanced
equipment available to provide the best in breast imaging
interpretation," said Mitchell.
The imaging center will also have a satellite at Edmond's
Renaissance Hospital. Via digital technology, the annual mammograms
taken at Renaissance will be interpreted at the Kelley Pointe site.
Breast MRI is not used for routine breast cancer screening, but
rather is useful to provide more information about a suspicious area
detected on a physical exam or mammogram, said Mitchell.
Also, MRI is the best method currently available for the
evaluation of genetically at-risk individuals without clinical or
mammographic abnormalities, according to the National Cancer
"We clearly understand the urgency for making substantive
advances in the detection and management of breast disease," said
Mitchell. "At Breast Imaging of Oklahoma, we focus on individualized
care, with the help of technology, education and communication in a
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is diagnostic imaging
technology that uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency wave
to produce pictures or "images" of the breasts.
Images from MRI are extremely precise, so precise that we can
often get nearly as much information from MRI as we could from
looking directly at the tissue, she said. For this reason, MRI has
the potential to reduce the need for certain diagnostic surgeries.
"MRI is the most sensitive detection tool for breast cancer that
is currently available," said Mitchell.
The dedicated breast MRI can image both breasts at the same time,
while a regular MRI can only do one at a time, she said. So, for a
regular MRI, that means in order to have both breasts scanned, the
patient has to do it on two separate days. Therefore, it is twice as
expensive for the patient.
"Because MRI allows us to see inside your body from any angle
with great clarity, it gives physicians a wealth of information more
quickly and in many cases, more economically than with past tests
and exploratory surgeries," said Mitchell. "We will also have the
ability to biopsy the breast with MRI guidance, if needed. …